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Steve and Ruth Lancaster,
As I type the thunder is echoing off the hills behind us and the rain is drumming heavily on our tin roof, and all around is either verdant green or muddy red!  A week ago, as Tony and I attempted to tackle the fourth fairway of the local golf course, we were forced to abandon our game due to thunder, lightening and driving rain; in fact the rain seemed to be ‘driving’ with more effect than we were!  Needless to say we got an absolute soaking!  And then a few weeks ago, the New Year celebrations here in Morogoro were dampened as the outdoor market was deluged; the rickety old wooden shacks and stalls were marooned in waist-deep water!  It seems as though the rainy season is well under way although, with weather patterns across Africa becoming unpredictable, we’re not sure whether it’s the ‘long rains’ come early or the ‘short rains’ come late!

Celebrating with the Lancasters at New Year

As you know we celebrated Christmas and New Year in the UK with our families – and what a wonderful time of reunion/ blessing/fun/laughter it was, except for one night of hospitalisation for Ruth in Lincoln!  Under a general anaesthetic she had a minor operation to drain a large abscess, which had started off as a boil and developed into a nasty carbuncle – we’ll spare you the photos! Although it made a slight dent in our schedule, it was timely as we were able to use the services of the NHS rather than have it done in Tanzania.  Nearly four weeks after the operation the wound is more or less healed, and thankfully, Ruth hasn’t had another boil.

Despite the fact it was only a brief visit we managed to pack a lot in (travelling between Newark, Carlisle, Elgin, Nairn and Bicester), and yet our time didn’t feel too squashed.  We wandered the beaches of Nairn, revelled in the frost of Elgin on Christmas Day, meandered through the frozen forests of Culbin and then, in complete contrast, jostled our way through the crowded streets of London, watched The Hobbit in Bicester cinema – and ate rather a lot of food at various family gatherings!

Twins!  But which one is Ruth?

Did it feel strange to be back in the UK after being in Tanzania for the past 17 months?  In all honesty, not at all.  I think we expected to feel a bit strange given the many differences there are between the two cultures – but it all felt very normal, although we took a great deal of pleasure from some of the things we once took for granted.  It was so nice to eat chips from a chippie, to drink water straight from the tap, to wander around the spotlessly clean and varied aisles of Sainsbury’s (!), awesome to drive roads which weren’t littered with pot-holes and vehicle wrecks, relaxing to feel safe on those roads, and great to feel chilly when you first get into bed!


The machete sharpener!

But now – we’re back here in Tanzania.  All our flights were bang on time and we managed to fly in and out of Nairobi airport just a few hours before the runway closed after a plane belly-flopped onto the runway following landing-gear failure!  The airport was closed for six hours and all flights diverted to Mombasa!  I found myself pondering the many differences between the UK and Tanzania as I sat in the barbers the day after we returned.  Sat next to me in the no-frills shop were three Maasai men dressed in their traditional red attire.  The doors were wide open, the air was hot and humid, and the noisy generator was chugging away outside because the power was out once again – and the haircut cost me £1.50!  It’s back to sleeping under a mozzie net, watching the geckos hang off the ceiling and hearing the various minarets ‘singing’ out their calls to prayer.  It’s back to the land of whacky races, swerving to avoid pot-holes, people, bikes and mini-buses on the roads.  It’s back to the noises of the night – the cicadas, crickets and frogs; it’s back to being confronted with the poverty that many people here experience, as well as feeling tongue-tied as I grapple to find the right Swahili word!  It’s back to seeing children walking to school with machetes and brooms in their hands!

And as the New Year begins it’s also back to work, serving the pastors of the Africa Inland Church here in eastern Tanzania, and helping out at the home of the Institute of Bible & Ministry at Sanga Sanga.  And do you know what?  It’s amazing how normal it all feels!  And that’s because this is where we’re meant to be doing for this chapter of life.  That being said – it also feels rather daunting as we enter our second full year here in Morogoro as things are going to get busier and more involved.  I am trying to set aside Jan/Feb as study months for my teaching sessions for the year ahead.  I’ve been set the task of looking at the person and role of the Holy Spirit; both exciting and of course daunting! I’ve also been asked to preach in Swahili once a month (from March) at the ‘back-garden’ church featured in last months blog, and from April onwards I’ll also be taking on the role of unit leader for the northern part of eastern Tanzania (more info next time).  Ruth is planning her English classes for the next few months, wrestling with the accounts and working on how to raise funds for the next phase of construction at Sanga.



The site where the conference hall
will be built

The 13 acre site at Sanga currently has a number of agricultural plots and bandas, a pump house with a  container-style office, a campsite for passing travellers and the recently constructed Retreat House which has a small meeting room and sleeps 13 people.  The next stage is to build a 250-seat conference hall towards the top end of the site complete with a seminar room and a small library to aid visiting pastors in their studies. The site has been cleared and various test holes have been dug and the boys with the shovels are about to ‘break ground’, although the speed of progress will depend very much on what’s in the kitty from week to week!  Apart from an annual gift from AIC Tanz the development of IBM & Sanga relies on donations – so if you’re looking for a project to support in 2015, and believe in the ethos of IBM (which is to enable, mobilise and inspire pastors and evangelists to a deeper relationship with God and effectiveness in ministry) and want to contribute, then please consider giving to either the training/seminar project or the development/building project. For more info on IBM or to make a donation, please see the following websites: www.aimint.org/eu/give and www.aictbibleinstitute.org.

Praise & Prayer Points:

  • We’re praising God for a wonderful two weeks back in UK with family – loved it!
  • We’re thanking God that Ruth was able to get good medical care exactly when she needed it and we’re also grateful for a 7th wedding anniversary on 19th Jan! 
  • Please pray for Ruth as she continues to look for a language helper and as she prepares for new English classes (beginning 26th Jan);
  • Please pray for me as I knuckle down to preparing for my teaching on the Holy Spirit, firstly in English and then translating into Swahili.
  • And finally, please pray the words of Eph 1:17-19 for us as we head into this year, that “God would give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we may know Him better. Pray also that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened in order that we may know the hope to which He has called us, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.”

Many, many thanks. 

Steve & Ruth





Random photos of the month:



 
Guess what the nephew got for Christmas!

 

Newsletter 11th January 2015

Louise,

Ladies’ Bible Study

The first ladies’ bible study of the year will take place on Monday 19th January at 7.30pm. The study notes (pink sheets) are on the table at the back of church. The study is open to all women. Please speak to Anne or Kathy.

The Lunch Club

Please remember, there is no Lunch Club meeting in January. We hope to resume our lunches in February once the new cooker has been installed.

Missions and Persecuted Church Prayer Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 14th January at 7.30pm at Joan Cooper’s home.  Please note the change of venue.  We will pray for our missionaries and the country of the month, which is Somalia.  All welcome – see Gill for more information.

Church Meeting

Our first Church Meeting of 2015 will take place on the 26th January at 8pm.

Saturday morning prayer

Saturday morning prayer for gospel expansion in Corsham will start again on Saturday 17th January at 8.30am.

Questions and Cake!

Vicky is organising some dates when housegroups will get together over “questions and cake” – the next one will be this Wednesday 14th January. 7.45pm start and 9.15pm finish. Please speak to Vicky for more details.

Life in the Lancs Lane

Steve and Ruth, our missionaries in Tanzania, are now back in Tanzania after a short trip to the UK for Christmas. They have compiled another interesting and information-packed newsletter. There are paper copies on the table at the back or you can visit their blog at http://www.lancsintanz.blogspot.co.uk/

CBC Craft Group

Have you a craft or sewing skill you can share or something you would like to learn? Come and join CBC Craft Group on the first Saturday of the month between 10am–12.30pm in the coffee hall starting on February 7th. For more information contact Pam or Kathy or just pop in in February to see what we are doing!

Junior Church, Kestrels

Thanks to everyone who helped last year.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the main hall for anyone who would like to help in the kestrels group (ages 4-6) this year.  Sheet runs from now until Easter and you only need to sign up for those dates when you are available.

Feeding Back to You

Thank you once again for your generous and consistent support of the Foodbank project throughout 2014, but particularly during the run up to our busy Christmas period. Almost 40 Christmas hampers were issued just prior to Christmas, and that same week we were called on to support a further 10 families and individuals.

God has been faithful in blessing this ministry both through the churches and the community, and continues to enable us to meet the local need. At the moment, the Foodbank shelves are in need of some replenishment, and currently the stocks of the following items do need to be built up:

Packets of cereals

Tins of vegetables, potatoes and fruit

Tins of rice pudding & custard

Tinned sponge puddings

Cartons of UHT long-life milk

Treats (jam, honey and savoury spreads)

If you would like to know more about the work of the Foodbank or are thinking about volunteering or would like to consider joining the Foodbank Nectar card scheme, please speak to Roger or Hazel.

 

This week…

 Monday : Mums’ bible study group, 10am

Wednesday : Early morning prayer, 7.15am; Missions and Persecuted Church Prayer meeting, 7.30pm; Questions and Cake, 7.45pm

Thursday : Mums ‘n Tots, 10am; Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 7.30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion in Corsham, 8.30am, The Hut

 

Looking ahead…

 19th January : Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm

21st January : Midweek service, 2pm

25th January : Leadership training

26th January : Church meeting, 8pm

31st January : The Ark, 10am

4th February : Midweek service, 2pm

7th February : CBC Craft Group, 10am

11th February : Missions and persecuted church prayer meeting, 7.30pm

14th February : Matthew & Ginny’s wedding, 12.30pm

16th February: Housegroup leaders’ meeting, 7.45pm

 

Heart 4 Rudloe, Sunday 11th January, 4-6pm.

Adrian,

Our friends from the Box Anglican Church organise a ‘fun family church’ twice a month at Crumpets Cafe on Portal Avenue, Rudloe.

The afternoon is full of crafts, worship, stories, prayer, and food. All ages welcome, but children please bring an adult!

January 11th marks the first Heart4Rudloe meeting this year and it will be all the more exciting if you can be there!

More details can be found at their Facebook webpage.

Newsletter 4th January 2015

Louise,

Midweek Service

The next midweek service will be held this Wednesday, 7th January, at 2pm. The reading is from Luke 9:18-27. Eric will be leading and preaching and there will be communion.

Ladies’ Bible Study

The first ladies’ bible study of the year will take place on Monday 19th January at 7.30pm. The study notes (pink sheets) are on the table at the back of church. The study is open to all women. Please speak to Anne or Kathy.

Leaders’ Retreat

Please pray for our leaders as they go away for the night on their annual retreat to Childswickham on the 9th January.

Stamp Collection

Just a reminder that there is a box on the table at the back to collect all your stamps. Paul sends these off to BMS. Please remember to keep yours!

Saturday morning prayer

Saturday morning prayer for gospel expansion in Corsham will start again on Saturday 17th January at 8.30am.

Questions and Cake!

Vicky will be organising some dates when housegroups will get together over “questions and cake” – the next one will be on Wednesday 14th January. 7.45pm start and 9.15pm finish. Please speak to Vicky for more details.

Life in the Lancs Lane

Steve and Ruth, our missionaries in Tanzania, are currently enjoying a short Christmas break in the UK. They have compiled another interesting and information-packed newsletter for December. There are paper copies on the table at the back or you can visit their blog at http://www.lancsintanz.blogspot.co.uk/

CBC Craft Group

Have you a craft or sewing skill you can share or something you would like to learn? Come and join CBC Craft Group on the first Saturday of the month between 10am–12.30pm in the coffee hall starting on February 7th. For more information contact Pam or Kathy Ewins or just pop in in February to see what we are doing!

Can you help?!

Ginny is requesting help! She needs to collect different sized, cleaned, jam jars for her wedding. Please bring them to church or leave in the office. Thank you.

Joan’s report on her visit to the Oasis Centre, Traiskirchen, December 2014

“Recently I had the privilege of revisiting the Oasis Centre near Vienna, and for a few precious days I was part of the team that reached out and touched the lives of refugees from many nations.  We had a clothing room for ladies and it was such a joy to be able to give out baby bags to two Syrian ladies who were about to have their babies. These little ones would not have many of the things that we take for granted, but they did have blankets lovingly knitted and crocheted by our local ladies, and clothes to keep them warm – and the knowledge that the love of Jesus was being given to them too.

On the Wednesday evening, the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth was preached at Oasis by an American.  It was translated into German, Farsi, French and Egyptian!  Besides the speaker and  translators, the team included other volunteers  who talked  with refugees, prepared the room, cleaned at the end of the night, marked in Bibles, and prepared coffee and tea and cake.  For some of these workers, they paid their own train ticket from Vienna to come and serve.  

This was not a special event, but something that happens every week – plus a coffee evening every Thursday, weekly German classes, a monthly ladies’ evening, German classes for refugees, and an Alpha course. So much is happening – the Oasis team is reduced in numbers, and the Lagar refugee centre just down the road is far too full, but on the positive side, there are now many volunteers coming to help and the Oasis building is well used.

The highlights of that packed week? The joyous entrance of six Iranians who had just been baptized who came to Oasis for a pizza party, and the ladies’ evening when “Silent Night” was sung  (in a room lit only by glow sticks – great excitement!) and they were told the story of Christ’s birth,  most hearing this for the first time.  It was a privilege to share all of this with the Team and to encourage them with our support.”

 

Steve Bryant’s visit to Senegal January 2015

Adrian,

On 2nd January Steve will be travelling to Senegal, where he and Gill lived and worked from 1990 to 2001 at the WEC run school for missionaries’ children. While there he will participate in the team conference, which is held every year at this time. WEC Senegal has several teams working in different parts of the country, doing both urban and rural evangelism and church planting among several people groups. Other team members are involved in running an orphanage for street children, teaching English, youth work, sports ministry, administration, guest house management and leadership responsibilities. Steve is very much looking forward to renewing fellowship with the members of WEC Senegal.

The conference will be held at Bourofaye Christian School, where Steve and Gill used to teach. In the photo you can see the children, missionary staff and local African staff.

Bourofaye Christian School

Steve will teach seminars on child protection, and also do one of the devotional talks.  After the conference he will stay on at the school to spend time with the staff and children, participating in the various activities going on, and also assisting them in addressing any issues where help is sought.

Please pray for Steve as he prepares for this visit.  We know from our time overseas that a visitor can bring enormous encouragement.  Pray also for the following points:

  • That the seminars he gives will be effective, well understood and useful for all ministries and situations involving children.
  • For his devotional talk, for the Holy Spirit to enable him as he prepares and delivers this.
  • That his presence will be a help and an encouragement, both to colleagues that he has know for many years, and for those he has not met before.
  • For wisdom in areas where he needs to give advice.
  • For good health and safe travel.  We praise the Lord that there is no Ebola in Senegal at this time.
  • For Gill as she holds the fort at home.

Thank you!

Newsletter 14th December, Nativity Service

Louise,

Rob and Sharon

At the Special Church Meeting held on Monday 1st December it was agreed, by majority vote, that Rob be called to join the staff at Corsham Baptist Church as a pastor. Rob and his wife, Sharon, have accepted the offer and Rob will commence his ministry with us in April 2015. We give grateful thanks and praise to God for guiding us during this church plant process and would ask that you continue to pray for the fledgling work in the Rudloe community.

Christmas Offerings

The offering at the Nativity service will be donated the the Corsham Food Bank. The offering at the ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service will go to Tearfund in support of their work in combating Ebola.  If you wish to gift-aid your offering, please put it into one of the white gift-aid envelopes (available on the table at the church entrance), and fill in the appropriate details.

Ladies’ Christmas Meal

This will be held Monday night, 15th December at 7.30pm.   We will have home-made soup and pudding.  Cost is £3 per person. Please sign up on the sheet at the back so we have an idea of numbers for catering purposes or speak to Anne Holmes or Kathy Larkman. Thank you.

Church Directory 2015

If you would like to be entered in the booklet, please complete the blue form at the back and place in the box or leave in the office. Please do not enter information that you do not want published in the directory. If you are already in the directory and all your details remain unchanged, there is no need to complete a form.

Prayer Meeting

We are continuing with our regular prayer meetings for gospel expansion in Corsham and surrounding areas. The meetings take place in The Hut from 8.30-9.30am on Saturday mornings. We would encourage people to attend this meeting and everyone is welcome!

Life in the Lancs Lane

Steve and Ruth, our missionaries in Tanzania, have compiled another interesting and information-packed newsletter for December. There are paper copies on the table at the back or you can visit their blog at http://www.lancsintanz.blogspot.co.uk/

Midweek Service

The midweek service on Wednesday 17th Dec will be the annual carol service, starting at the usual time of 2pm, followed by tea and cake. Please speak to Eric for more info.

Questions and Cake!

Vicky is organising some dates when housegroups will get together over “questions and cake” – the December date has been cancelled and so the next one will be on Wednesday 14th January. 7.45pm start and 9.15pm finish. Please speak to Vicky for more details.

Christmas Services 2014 at CBC

17th Dec 2pm – carol service

21st Dec 6pm – carols by candlelight

24th Dec 6pm – Christmas eve, with communion

25th Dec 10am – Christmas day family worship service

 

There are A6 fliers on the table to hand out to neighbours, friends and family!

The town Christmas card is also available to take away.

Don’t forget the Carol Service down the High Street on Tuesday 16th December at 6.45pm!!

This week:

Monday: Young mums’ bible study, 10am; Ladies’ supper, 7.30pm

Wednesday: Morning prayer, 7.15am; Carol Service 2pm

Thursday: Mums ‘n Tots, 10am; Debt Advice Centre 7.30pm

Friday: Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion in and around Corsham, 8.30am, the Hut

Baptisms 23rd November 2014

Adrian,

It was fantastic celebrating the baptisms of Graham, Julian, Colin and Joe! Here are just a few photos from the service.

The guy’s testimonies will shortly be published on our sermons page.

 

Newsletter 23rd November 2014

Louise,

 

 

Rob Durant Visit

We are prayerfully considering inviting Rob Durant to join our pastoral staff at CBC. Rob is well-known to many here as he was formerly a student pastor with us for three years. He has since been serving as a pastor in Dagenham. Rob and Sharon will be with us 29-30 November, together with their children Anna (6) & Eddie (4). The provisional programme is:

Sat 29th

  • Lunch with our Rudloe Congregation
  • 3-5pm Open house at the Larkmans for any who have not yet met Rob and Sharon
  • 7.30pm Leadership Team meet with Rob and Sharon

Sun 30th

  • 10.45am Rob preaching at our morning service, with opportunity to chat afterwards
  • 4-5pm Question and answer session with Rob at CBC – your chance to ask!
  • 5pm Tea / coffee / cakes and informal chat

We need 2 people to help with serving teas at 5pm. Please contact Louise if you can help.

  • 6pm Rob preaching at our evening service, with more opportunity to talk afterwards.

A special church meeting will be held at CBC on Monday, 1st Dec at 8pm, to decide whether to proceed with calling Rob to join our staff team.

Please be in daily prayer for these important events. Meanwhile, if you would like to sample Rob’s ministry on-line, visit his website http://www.durant.biz/ for sermons and writings that will encourage you in following Jesus.

Ladies’ Christmas Meal

This will be held on Monday 15th December at 7.30pm.   We will have home-made soup and pudding.  Cost is £3. Please sign up on the sheet at the back so we have an idea of numbers for catering purposes. Thank you.

The Ark

This is a monthly outreach to young families in Corsham and the next one takes place this Saturday, 29th Nov from 10-10.45am. Please pray for the leaders and helpers as they show the love of Christ to our community. Chat to Rachel Howlett for more details.

!!Men’s festive curry!!

On 9th December, 7.30pm £7.50 per head. Ian Holmes organising…please contact him for more info.

Prayer Meeting

We are continuing with our regular prayer meetings for gospel expansion in Corsham and surrounding areas. The meetings take place in The Hut from 8.30-9.30am on Saturday mornings. We would encourage people to attend this prayer meeting and everyone is welcome!

Ebola crisis

If anyone would like to donate towards the Ebola crisis, you may do so by putting money into a white donation envelope (available on the table in the church entrance) and mark it ‘EBOLA’. Place your envelope into the offering bag.  If you are a tax-payer and qualify for gift-aid, you may also fill in your other details on the envelope and sign it.

Questions and Cake!

Vicky is organising some dates when housegroups will get together over “questions and cake” – the December date has been cancelled and so the next one will be on Wednesday 14th January. 7.45pm start and 9.15pm finish. Please speak to Vicky for more details.

Christmas Services 2014 at CBC

14th Dec 10.45am – Christmas nativity service 17th Dec 2pm – carol service 21st Dec 6pm – carols by candlelight 24th Dec 6pm – Christmas eve, with communion 25th Dec 10am – Christmas day family worship service

There are A6 fliers on the table to hand out to neighbours, friends and family!

Life in the Lancs Lane

Steve and Ruth, our missionaries in Tanzania, have compiled another interesting and information-packed newsletter for November. There are paper copies on the table at the back or you can visit their blog at http://www.lancsintanz.blogspot.co.uk/

If you would like to send the Lancasters a card or gift for Christmas, you can send it to them directly, in the UK. The address is available from the church office.

Audio CDs

We’ve had a request to produce audio CDs of our weekly sermons. At present our sermons are uploaded to our church website but are unavailable to anyone without access to an internet connection. We are seeking one or two people who could commit to downloading the week’s sermons from our website and burning them to CD. If you can help please could you contact the church office or Adrian P.

This week:

Monday: Young mums’ bible study, 10am; Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm

Wednesday: Morning prayer, 7.15am

Thursday: Mums ‘n Tots, 10am; Debt Advice Centre 7.30pm

Friday: Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion in and around Corsham, 8.30am, the Hut; The Ark, 10am; Rob and Sharon arrive in Corsham (see details in notice)

Upcoming dates in brief:

30th Nov: Rob Durant to preach at both morning and evening services @ CBC

1st Dec: Special Church Meeting, 8pm

3rd Dec: Midweek service, 2pm

9th Dec: TLC @ St. Aldhelms

9th Dec: Men’s Christmas supper

15th Dec: Ladies’ Christmas meal, 7.30pm

16th November, 2014

Louise,

Baptisms!

Please note, next week will be a baptism service.

Rob Durant Visit

We are prayerfully considering inviting Rob Durant to join our pastoral staff at CBC. Rob is well-known to many here as he was formerly a student pastor with us for three years. He has since been serving as a pastor in Dagenham. Rob and Sharon will be with us 29-30 November, together with their children Anna (6) & Eddie (4). The provisional programme is:

Sat 29th

  • Lunch with our Rudloe Congregation
  • 3-5pm Open house at the Larkmans for any who have not yet met Rob and Sharon
  • 7.30pm Leadership Team meet with Rob and Sharon

Sun 30th

  • 10.45am Rob preaching at our morning service, with opportunity to chat afterwards
  • 4-5pm Question and answer session with Rob at CBC – your chance to ask!
  • 5pm Tea / coffee and informal chat
  • 6pm Rob preaching at our evening service, with more opportunity to talk afterwards.

A special church meeting will be held at CBC on Monday, 1st Dec at 8pm, to decide whether to proceed with calling Rob to join our staff team.

Please be in daily prayer for these important events. Meanwhile, if you would like to sample Rob’s ministry on-line, visit his website http://www.durant.biz/ for sermons and writings that will encourage you in following Jesus.

Life in the Lancs Lane

Steve and Ruth, our missionaries in Tanzania, have compiled another interesting and information-packed newsletter for November. There are paper copies on the table at the back or you can visit their blog at http://www.lancsintanz.blogspot.co.uk/

We are sending the Lancasters a parcel for Christmas and invite you to write cards and/or give small gifts which we will send all together. Please give to Kathy.

Questions and Cake!

Vicky is organising some dates when housegroups will get together over “questions and cake”. The dates are:

Tuesday 18th November; Thursday 4th December; Wednesday 14th January 

7.45pm start and 9.15pm finish. Please speak to Vicky for more details.

Midweek Service

The next midweek service will be held on Wednesday 19th Nov at 2pm. Eric will be leading and preaching and the text will be Luke 8.26-39.

Men’s festive curry!!

On 9th December, 7.30pm £7.50 per head. Ian Holmes organising…please contact him for more info.

Ladies’ Bible Study

The next ladies’ bible study will be held at CBC on Monday 24th November at 7.30pm. All ladies are welcome to attend. Please speak to Anne Holmes or Kathy Larkman if you would like to know more about these meetings.

Ladies’ Christmas Meal

This will be held on Monday 15th December at 7.30pm.   We will have home-made soup and pudding. Cost is £3pp. Please sign up on the sheet at the back so we have an idea for catering purposes. Thank you.

Prayer Meeting

We are continuing with our regular prayer meetings for gospel expansion in Corsham and surrounding areas. The meetings take place in The Hut from 8.30-9.30am on Saturday mornings. We would encourage people to attend this prayer meeting and everyone is welcome!

Trip to Oasis Centre, Austria

Joan is going out to visit the Oasis Centre and shall be returning to England on Saturday 6th December. If anyone is able to pick Joan up from Heathrow at 9.25pm on the 6th and return to Corsham, please contact her.

Christmas Services 2014 at CBC

14th Dec 10.45am – Christmas nativity service

17th Dec 2pm – carol service

21st Dec 6pm – carols by candlelight

24th Dec 6pm – Christmas eve, with communion

25th Dec 10am – Christmas day family worship service

 

This week:

Monday: Young mums’ bible study,10am

Tuesday: Questions and cake: housegroups’ meeting, 7.45pm

Wednesday: Morning prayer, 7.15am; Midweek service, 2pm

Thursday: Mums ‘n Tots, 10am; Debt Advice Centre 7.30pm

Friday: Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion in and around Corsham, 8.30am, the Hut

Ebola crisis

If anyone would like to donate towards the Ebola crisis, you may do so by putting money into a white donation envelope (available on the table in the church entrance) and mark it ‘EBOLA’. Place your envelope into the offering bag.  If you are a tax-payer and qualify for gift-aid, you may also fill in your other details on the envelope and sign it, and this will enhance the value of your gift.

Upcoming dates in brief:

 23rd Nov: Baptism service

24th Nov: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm

29th Nov: The Ark, 10am

29th-30th Nov: Rob and Sharon visiting Corsham Baptist Church (various)

30th Nov: Rob Durant to preach at both morning and evening services @ CBC

1st Dec: Special Church Meeting, 8pm

3rd Dec: Midweek service, 2pm

4th Dec: Joint housegroup, questions & cake, 7.30pm

9th Dec: TLC @ St. Aldhelms

9th Dec: Men’s Christmas supper

15th Dec: Ladies’ Christmas meal, 7.30pm

 

Newsletter 9th November 2014

Louise,

Ebola crisis

If anyone would like to donate towards the Ebola crisis, you may do so by putting money into a white donation envelope (available on the table in the church entrance) and mark it ‘EBOLA’. Place your envelope into the offering bag.  If you are a tax-payer and qualify for gift-aid, you may also fill in your other details on the envelope and sign it, and this will increase the value of your gift. Michael Prior, our Treasurer, will send the donations to Tearfund.

Prayer Meeting

We are continuing with our regular prayer meetings for gospel expansion in Corsham and surrounding areas. The meetings take place in The Hut from 8.30-9.30am on Saturday mornings. We would encourage people to attend this prayer meeting and everyone is welcome!

Serving at Priory Street

We are in need of further people to step up and fill roles in the following areas here at Priory Street as there are several gaps. Please contact the Ministry Leader to indicate your willingness to serve in any of these ministries.

  • Junior Church / Youth
  • Projection & PA (see specific request)
  • Teas/coffees
  • Worship
  • Door greeting

 

PA/Sound

As Matt Wingrave is going to the Rudloe congregation and a few people have recently come off the rota, we have a pressing need for more people to help out on the PA / sound desk rota. If anyone is interested in serving in this ministry, please contact Matt Grylls.

TLC

The next TLC meeting will take place at the church this Tuesday 11th November at 12 noon. Please speak to Michael or Wendy Prior if you would like more information.

Questions and Cake!

Vicky Stephenson is organising some dates when housegroups will get together over “questions and cake”. The dates are:

Tuesday 18th November; Thursday 4th December; Wednesday 14th January 

7.45pm start and 9.15pm finish. Please speak to Vicky for more details.

Missions and Persecuted Church Prayer

The next meeting will be this Wednesday 12th November at 7.30pm at the Hammetts’ home.  We will pray for our own missionaries, the Oasis Centre and the country of the month, Morocco.  All welcome – see Gill Bryant for further info.

Persecuted Church Sunday 16th November

On 16th November we will be focusing on praying for, and thinking about, the persecuted church. We will have a visiting speaker at our evening service.  We will be serving tea, coffee and cakes at around 5.15pm to welcome her and give an opportunity for people to meet her informally before the service. All welcome.  See Gill for further information.

Life in the Lancs Lane

Steve and Ruth, our missionaries in Tanzania, have compiled another interesting and information-packed newsletter for November. There are paper copies on the table at the back or you can visit their blog at http://www.lancsintanz.blogspot.co.uk/

This week:

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 10am

Tuesday: TLC, 12 noon

Wednesday: Morning prayer, 7.15am; Prayer for Missions & Persecuted Church, 7.30pm

Thursday: Mums ‘n Tots, 10am; Debt Advice Centre 7.30pm

Friday: Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion in and around Corsham, 8.30am, the Hut

Upcoming dates in brief:

16th Nov: Persecuted Church Sunday meet Jenny Thomas from SAT 7, at 5.15pm

18th Nov: Questions and cake: housegroups’ meeting, 7.45pm

19th Nov: Midweek service, 2pm

24th Nov: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7.30pm

29th Nov: The Ark, 10am

1st Dec: Special Church Meeting, 8pm

3rd Dec: Midweek service, 2pm

4th Dec: Joint housegroup, questions & cake, 7.30pm

9th Dec: TLC @ St. Aldhelms

9th Dec: Men’s Christmas supper